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Bournemouth Part 2 course gets RIBA validation


The Arts University Bournemouth’s new MArch course has received RIBA validation

The school, which boasts past graduates Peter Cook and Michael Hopkins, has had its Part 2 course validated for a full five year term by the RIBA’s visiting panel.

The newly established postgraduate course is structured around the ideas of ‘architectural intervention’ and has a strong community focus.

The RIBA’s visiting panel commended the course’s ‘aspirations to allow individual students to explore their personal design and research interests in architecture at masters level’.

It was also praised for its connection to other departments within the university, the engagement of its students and its regional connections with practices.

Oren Lieberman, dean of faculty for art, design and architecture said: ‘With RIBA’s recent full and unconditional validation of our young MArch Part 2 course, AUB has achieved recognition for its sound and innovative approach to teaching and learning in architecture, and for how we prepare our graduates to be professionals.

‘Our focus on the relationships between critical and innovative design speculations on the one hand, and real-time/place transformative practices on the other, engages students in the world and asks them to ‘make a difference’.

‘Now, with our Part 1 BA (Hons) course (which received unconditional revalidation) we offer the full 5 years of RIBA recognised architectural education. We look forward to continuing to challenge our students to be critical, innovative makers, and to develop their own roles within what is an ever-changing landscape of architecture and professional practices.’


Readers' comments (2)

  • Fascinating, small, arts institution, if your looking for an arts making/thinking Part 2 course with a difference (beaches and Premiership football), this year with Visiting Prof. Peter Cook, and Esme Fieldhouse of Studio Weave and many others come to end of year exhibition/open days June18/19/20th and apply on line at http://aub.ac.uk. Great news http://aub.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/march-masters-of-architecture/news/riba-accredits-full-5-years-architectural-education-aub.

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  • Congratulations to Bournemouth on going up to the next league. I lectured there a couple of years ago and was hugely impressed with their arts-lead approach. Its almost disappeared elsewhere in the schools following their blind rush for academic respectability. Lets hope it sets an example the rest will now follow. Bryan Avery

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